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In a recent online casinos article, Nelson Rose specifically talks about online casinos poker. However, if the bill sitting before the senate gets approved, online casinos as a whole would be considered illegal.
However, there are two exceptions; horse racing and online casinos lotteries.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill, HR 4411, which, if the Senate and President agree, will create the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act. If the bill becomes law, online casinos will be changed forever.
The law would not directly make it a crime to be a mere online casinos player. And there will always be ways for dedicated online casinos poker players to get around the barriers that would be created. But for casual online casinos players, registering and sending money to a poker website would simply become too difficult.
For the online casinos sites themselves, the blow would be so severe that many would be driven out of business.
The bill attacks Internet poker and online casinos in many ways. The first is expanding the reach of federal anti-gambling statutes.
Naturally, there are exemptions. The horse race industry and state lotteries have enough political power to keep their cross-border betting alive. So did professional athletes, who won an exemption for fantasy sports leagues. But dog tracks could not.
Nevada casinos made only a half-hearted attempt, because they do not have any existing online casinos and only sought, unsuccessfully, to keep their options open. Indian gaming is in a similar situation, and won the almost worthless right to operate games online, so long as players are physically present on Indian land.
The bill has real teeth. It would make it a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, for anyone to operate an illegal online casinos site or accept money transferred in any form. Of course, it already is a felony to do sports betting online, and the bill would not make it any easier for the DOJ to arrest foreign operators.
The real change is in the power that would be given law enforcement to cut off access to online casinos websites. Any federal, state, tribal or local agent can ask phone companies to cut phone lines. This is a carry over from the present Wire Act. You can't stop the Internet this way.
But you can if you can stop access to domain names. The bill would allow the DOJ or any state attorney general to get a court order requiring an Internet Service Provider to block all links to specified gambling websites.
You can also cripple a gambling business if it becomes too difficult to get money in and out. Federal regulators would be required to come up with ways of identifying and blocking all money transfers for online casinos transactions. This means that the present barriers to using credit cards would be extended to all banking transactions. Players would not even be able to write checks, let alone wire money, to gaming websites.



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